Among many young people from my generation, Haiti Image has been a great subject of discussion. We are passionate about changing the Image of Haiti. Putting Haiti back on the map, attracting more business through international campaigns such as “From Aid to Trade” by Daniel Jean Louis, educating the world about Haiti by Haiti Tourism Inc., and most recently “Kimoun Ou Ye” (Who are you?) of Jonathan Perry (Jperry). These campaigns are only a few of many, but how do we measure their impact? Do they work? Is the new generation of Haitian changing the Haiti narrative from a negative to a positive point of view?
August 15th, I had a fascinating discussion about a campaign to change Haitian mindset about Haiti; the first explanation that came to mind was “once we modify the reality, the narrative (The wordings) will change.” However, I quickly realize that the reality I was referring to, already exists, the only problem is we talk about it less and less, given priority to all the negative events that shape our everyday view about this beautiful country. “Depi nan Guinen nèg rayi nèg” referring to how natural it is for Haitians to hate each other and this is the reason why we cannot work together. Nevertheless, young Haitians (Haitian Diaspora and those in Haiti) from this generation recently organized the largest and one of the most successful Tech events in the Caribbean. I can take many other examples like this one to prove that the other reality already exists, but it is up to us to create platforms to talk about them promote them, and use these success stories to inspire more Haitians and the rest of the world.
Haiti is a country of many problems; people are losing faith in politicians, even in the unproductive private sector. I personally don’t know why the private sector doesn’t want to get involved more in Haiti; is it because of lack of vision or the fear of the political instability? There’s no easy way to answer that question. However, the will of people to first survive then succeed in this country is greater than any fear from the private sector or the corruption of Haitian politicians. We see more young people getting involved in launching new businesses, even though the business environment is very hard, we also witness some of them are being successful. We see more young people trying to get a quality education even though politicians and the private sector do not invest in their future. We see a great deal of Haitian diaspora coming back in the country, regardless what is portrayed on TV or how other Haitians talk about Haiti. I believe the other reality we are looking for to change the narrative about Haiti is slowly taking shape, and soon enough the rest of the world will understand it, when a system of vision, planning, execution, and results will take over sweet talking and charity. Politicians and people from the private sector will have no other choice but to adapt.